English language change forces Oxford English Dictionary update

March 27th, 2008 - 5:00 pm ICT by admin  

London, Mar 27 (ANI): Due to the fast pace change in the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is going through a revised makeover in a project worth 34 million pounds.

A team, which consists of 60 members, is working on the first revision of the OED. The team has spent the past decade covering just four-and-a-half letters - from M to the middle of words beginning with Q.

But the staff has now broken from their painstaking methods to concentrate on words whose meanings are changing the fastest.

Such words might include book and sick, both of which are now understood by teenagers to mean cool.

“Our team has also become more and more experienced as we go along, in what is the first complete revision of the dictionary since the first edition was published in 1928, the Telegraph quoted John Simpson, the chief editor of the OED, as saying.

Tony Thorne, of King’s College London, said: “People go on about Shakespearean England being a fruitful time for language and it is true that during the Renaissance, English went through a spell of creating and borrowing new words. It is not fanciful to say that we are going through a period like that now.

“The rate of change is accelerating because language is so much more accessible via the internet. There are dozens of websites that celebrate new language and encourage people to play with it.” (ANI)

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